Several important points have been raised of late re housing in East Devon:
In the UK, there are 635,127 empty properties - not including flats above shops.
One wonders how many flats above shops are empty in Sidmouth...
Comments from a correspondent:
The system is highly biased towards the Housing Industry and the right to buy (votes) strategy.
It disenfranchises local communities and is a completely flawed means of delivery affordable homes.
Out-of-town developments depend on cheaper land and the tax payer who underwrites the connecting infrastructure whilst receiving zero VAT.
The performance of the programme is wholly in the hands of the speculator who can build according to their own production rate wherever they like. They can ensure the Local Authority will fail to the deliver due to the backlog to the 5 year housing supply never being met.
Under such circumstances there is no chance of sufficient affordables being delivered even if the whole of East Devon is concreted over.
And from East Devon Alliance researcher Mike Temple, an overview of the current situation:
East Devon Alliance | Bringing together the people of East Devon
And from the EDA website earlier this week:
“NPPF FAILS TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT” ON THE PERCENTAGE OF PLANNING PERMISSIONS GRANTED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS
4 July 2014
The National Planning Policy Framework has “failed to make a significant impact” on the percentage of planning permissions granted by local authorities in the two years since its introduction, according to new research.
Analysis of more than 1.7m planning applications and 16,000 appeals over four years by planning consultancy Turley shows approvals and rejections have remained broadly the same at 80 per cent and 20 per cent. There has, however, been a significant increase in the success of some types of planning appeals, with rates for public inquiries climbing by as much as 50 per cent since the introduction of the NPPF. There has only been a modest increase in successful appeals by hearing and no change in those through written representations.
Rob Peters, executive director at Turley, said: “There are a range of factors that can influence planning outcomes and the decision to approve or refuse applications is not solely related to national policy. However, it is a reasonable assumption that the combination of less guidance and a strong presumption in favour of sustainable development would result in more planning applications being approved. This has not been the case.”
He added that the variations in the success of different forms of planning appeals could be partly explained by “the failure of local authorities to formulate and adopt local plans to the timescale envisaged in the NPPF”. “To date, the Planning Inspectorate reports that just 14.6 per cent of development plans have been found sound and adopted since the NPPF was published,” Peters said.
“Given the importance of having an up-to-date local plan, especially one that deals with an area’s objectively assessed housing needs and the duty to cooperate with adjoining authorities, it is perhaps not surprising that major residential schemes are enjoying greater success at appeal.”
NPPF has 'little impact' on planning approvals | Local Government Executive
So, one has to ask, what was the NPPF actually FOR and how come it has made a very significant impact in East Devon yet not elsewhere.
Now, that reminds us – the East Devon Business Forum Task and Finish Group …
“NPPF fails to make a significant impact” on the percentage of planning permissions granted in the last two years | East Devon Alliance